Gators' athletic programs making the grade

Patric Young, a three-time SEC Scholarship Athlete of the Year on the UF basketball team, takes a selfie with Rahul Patel, president of the UF Alumni Association, after Young received the Doug Beldon Award during the 2014 University of Florida Spring Commencement Ceremony at the O'Connell Center on May 3.

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Published: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 5:26 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 5:26 p.m.

Once again, there are no issues for the University of Florida in the Academic Progress Rate figures released by the NCAA on Wednesday.

As has been the norm for the Gators, all of UF's athletic programs scored well above the NCAA minimum (930) averaged over a four-year period.

"Earlier this month, many Gator student-athletes walked across the O'Connell Center stage to receive their diplomas. It is obvious from their beaming faces that receiving their University of Florida degree is just as important as competing for the Gators,” UF athletic director Jeremy Foley said. “Today's APR shows that Gator student-athletes are finding success in the classroom and we take great pride in that fact.”

Programs that score below the minimum are banned from postseason play. APR scores measure an athlete's progress toward getting a degree.

Leading the way for the Gators were men's basketball and softball. Both recorded a perfect score of 1,000. The football team improved by a point from a year ago with a score of 969.

Of the 21 UF athletic teams, 12 recorded higher scores than a year ago. The lowest score belongs to the men's cross country team (944), which increased its score 10 points.

The men's basketball score of 1,000 ranks first in the SEC among the hoops teams. Kentucky had the second-highest score (989).

In football, the top SEC score was 980, recorded by two teams (Missouri and South Carolina).

UF's APR scores

Sport Score

Baseball 975

Softball 1,000

Football 969

Men's basketball 1,000

Women's basketball 995

Men's cross country 944

Women's cross country 995

Men's golf 974

Women's golf 992

Men's swimming 954

Women's swimming 978

Men's tennis 978

Women's tennis 984

Men's indoor track 957

Men's outdoor track 961

Women's indoor track 988

Women's outdoor track 988

Volleyball 983

Lacrosse 989

Soccer 991

Gymnastics 995

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